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Parakeet got caught in potato chip bag clip.Bottom half of

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Parakeet got caught in potato chip bag clip.Bottom half of foot crushed no blood flow,top of foot blood flow fine.Will he get sick?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  nekovet replied 2 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Poor Nicki,

This is terrible news. Even if there are no fractures or nerve damage, if he hasn't normal blood flow to all of the foot, there is risk that the tissues without blood reaching them (as it is the means they get food and pass wastes back to be excreted in the urine) will start to die off. This can lead to those areas starting to decay and then succumb to secondary infection. And if that is allowed to take root, the infection can spread to the blood stream and be fatal. (It is similar to what happened to soldiers in the old days when they had wounds go gangrenous). Therefore you do need to be proactive for Nicki. We'd want him to see the local vet and have this assessed. If the reduced blood flow is from inflammation, this can be treated +/- antibiotic can be used if there is any decay/infection arising already. And that would be ideal to address as quick as we can to give him a chance. Else we may need to actually amputate the dying tissue to head off that infection and prevent this being possibly fatal for him.

Just in case you do need an avian vet and do not have one already, you can check where you can find one at near you at AAV (, Avian web( or Birdsnway(

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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